Courtois wants to be playing

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is unsure what will happen regarding his future, but has confirmed he wants to be playing regularly next season.

Last Updated: 19/05/14 at 08:32 Post Comment

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Courtois has yet to make a first-team appearance for Chelsea since signing from Genk in 2011 and has spent the past three seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid.

The Belgium international helped Atletico to win La Liga on Saturday following a 1-1 draw at Barcelona and he is now preparing for the coming weekend's UEFA Champions League final against city rivals Real.

The 22-year-old will then represent Belgium at the World Cup before a decision is likely to be made on whether he will be in Chelsea's squad for next season.

Reports have claimed that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is considering asking current No.1 Petr Cech to play back-up to Courtois and the younger keeper outlined his intention to be playing week in, week out.

"I am not sure yet what happens next season," said Courtois after the draw in the Nou Camp.

"It is a great feeling to be champions of Spain. We have the Champions League final next week and then the World Cup. Now is not the time to think about my future.

"If I move somewhere, I will play. At my age, the most important thing for me, and what I want to do, is to play.

"Petr is one of the best goalkeepers in the world and he won the Golden Glove in the Premier League this season. I have a lot of respect for him.

"I have two years [left on my] contract with Chelsea, so we will see what they decide."

Atletico are reportedly keen to have Courtois back at the Vicente Calderon, but chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin has claimed the situation has been complicated by the recent Champions League semi-final meeting between the two clubs.

UEFA ruled that a clause in Courtois' contract that Atletico would have to pay Chelsea a fee in order for the keeper to face his parent club was invalid and Gil Marin is now waiting to see what happens.

Gil Marin said: "What happens with him will be decided after the Champions League final.

"It was all agreed, but the draw bringing us together with Chelsea in the Champions League and the [debate over] payment of the clause put the operation on hold."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

want to spend more time with my tit-for-tat Autobiographies . He probably didn't say.

megabrow (cufc)
Keane leaves Aston Villa

B

elieve in the dream Ashley. I have a hot tub, I still think I can get all The Saturdays in there for nekkid sexyfuntime. Failing that, Adele.

hump3.
Young: Man United target title

C

onclusions...we are truely living the dream now

dead yeti
Take Your Marks In The Premier League Sack Race

Footer 365

Premier League: Southampton manager Ronald Koeman confident of continued success

Manager Ronald Koeman believes Southampton can thrive this term and is relishing taking on the Premier League big boys.

Europa League: Celtic manager Ronny Deila hoping for 'easiest' draw in round of 32

Manager Ronny Deila is hoping for the "easiest" Europa League draw for Celtic as he turns his focus on the Scottish Cup.

Premier League: Everton midfielder James McCarthy waits on hamstring scan results

Everton boss Roberto Martinez will give midfielder James McCarthy all the time he needs to overcome hamstring trouble.

Mail Box

Don't Write Arsenal Off Yet (For Third)

That's the message from the afternoon mailbox, which also suggests Manchester City should look to bin Manuel Pellegrini. Can he take them any further?

Sanchez: A Sliding Doors Moment For Pool

One Liverpool fan regrets the club's failure to sign Alexis Sanchez and thinks Brendan Rodgers and Co should now target the domestic cups. A lot has changed in 12 months...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property